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Arbor Health, Morton Hospital Strives to Protect and Prepare

Hospital news | Friday, March 13, 2020

Arbor Health is working diligently to protect our patients and employees as well as prepare for future patient needs.

In an effort to protect our patients and staff from unnecessary exposure, we have implemented the following restrictions at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital. They will remain in effect until there is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community:

  • Visitors are required to use the Emergency Department entrance. Outpatients (laboratory, radiology, rehabilitation services, etc.) will continue to use the front doors.
  • We are restricting all visitation to our Custodial Care residents, except for those residents that are at the end of their lives. Our nursing staff will work very closely with the families to ensure continued access to their loved ones in their final days while minimizing exposure to the other residents.
  • All visitors and patients will be screened on entering the building. Please expect to wait in line.
  • Visitors may be denied access if they meet any of the criteria in the screening.
  • No visitors under 16-years old. They should only enter the hospital if seeking treatment.
  • Patients that meet the criteria in the screening may be denied elective services. Patients seeking diagnostic services will be provided appropriate protective equipment, such as a face mask, before moving to the lobby.
  • Hospital visiting hours are reduced to 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Only one support person over the age of 16 will be allowed per patient (or two for patients under 18-years old.)
  • Waiting areas are limited to one support person over the age of 16 per patient (or two for patients under 18-years of age.)
  • Visitation for suspected or positive-testing patients will be restricted until we establish a video visitation option.
  • The cafeteria and hospital gift shop are closed to the public until further notice.

We encourage our community members to obtain information on this virus outbreak from trusted sources such as the Center for Disease Control and the Washington Department of Health.

The Department of Health offers this guidance:

What should I do if I feel sick?

Everyone should think an illness with fever, cough, or shortness of breath could be COVID-19 and take steps to protect others in the community and household from the disease. Call your healthcare provider. People who are sick need to stay home. If they must be around other people, they should wear a mask.

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19